What has been your single most useful purchase in prepping??

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Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:31pm
Nigel Black
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Chris Martenson wrote a

Chris Martenson wrote a fantastic article on how to prepare for when the SHTF... I learned a lot from it. Here it is:

https://www.chrismartenson.com/page/what-should-i-do

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:53pm
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My single most useful thing I purchased to prepare...

... was not the Berkley Water Filter, nor the 1911 45 or the 308, the 708, the 9mm, the cash of ammo, silver and food...

All of those things were high priorities, but this is what has been the most useful of all my purchases ever...

My 1886 Victorian Bible. This is by far my greatest treasure.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6

HonorandObey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:58pm (Reply to #17)
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Better yet, get 100ft of

Better yet, get 100ft of Paracord. Can be used as shoelaces and 10s of other stuff. Highly recommended as part of a preppers arsenal.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:02pm
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Land

We bought our ranch in 2003 and that gave us a place to set up and keep a few cows :)

The Berkey is essential. We have plenty of water here. Filtration is key.

Lots of heirloom seeds and enough stored foods to get us to harvest.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:19pm (Reply to #23)
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Bitchin Bible

Can you say bitchin about a bible...hmmm, well it's kick ass, oh wait. Damn, what I meant to say was it was cool as hell!

I ain't fallin' for no banana in my tailpipe ~ Beverly Hills Cop
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:28pm (Reply to #26)
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Much Appreciated LH

LevelHeaded wrote:

Can you say bitchin about a bible...hmmm, well it's kick ass, oh wait. Damn, what I meant to say was it was cool as hell!

You have a fine and 'levelheaded' humor. I can see why you drink Dos Equis.

They just don't make Bibles like this any longer.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:30pm
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Country Living grain mill

Our grain mill has been a nice addition to our grid-down kitchen preps. Cracked corn, wheat and oat flour and a great forearm workout. What's not to like? Silver medal goes to the Berkey. If you don't have one, get one! The Bronze goes to the excaliber dehydrator. It's also the most fun to use. I now know how many onions it takes to fill a mason jar. (30!) Pax

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:31pm
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A small solar system (panel,

A small solar system (panel, charge controller, battery, inverter). It's very versatile. Run a freezer, well, or lighting with it. Charge up a car battery. Charge numerous small electronics, including the laptop. Can use it to run your foodsaver, or your shortwave.

Endless uses. Small, all in one packages can be had from walmart.com. You need to get your own (deep cycle) battery, though.

Also nice because you can cut a bit off of your power bill in the meantime. I run my computer off of it about half of the time. (need another battery to run it full time)

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:31pm (Reply to #5)
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Like Mr. Black, I would have

Doritoes

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 11:51pm
Adventures
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Hey I'm going solar in a small way

A little power makes huge difference. A safe lamp/nightlight. A recharger for batteries, an inverter that can run a tv/dvd or laptop is a great morale booster. Inverters a very cheap now and a 15 watt solar panel is within reach of most folks. It will not power your home. Where do you think electricity comes from? Of course where does meat, eggs and milk, come from would probably about the same response from the "Sheeple"

Wed, Jun 15, 2011 - 12:12am
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Cheap but extremely high

Cheap but extremely high quality EDC bags from lapolicegear.com

The best $20 I've ever spent. In black, it does not raise any eyebrows as people think it's a computer bag. Very easy to keep things organized.

https://www.lapolicegear.com/tabaoutbag.html

Wed, Jun 15, 2011 - 7:39am (Reply to #15)
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thanks for explaining!

Thanks!!

Lainey

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 3:04pm
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Commercial Meat Slicer

It's hard to pick the single most useful one, but I will go with the commercial slicer as it helps immensely with my other favorites below listed with their purchase price - my point with the price being I am usually very frugal and wanted to share my thoughts about them in terms of "investments".

1. The slicer cost ~$400. I use it for achieving uniform slices for dehydrating and for slicing my deli meats that I prepare myself. I make deli-style roast beef ($1.99/lb when whole tip roasts are on sale) and pastrami ($1.49/lb when corned beef is on sale) and when whole boneless hams on sale for $1.99

2. Excalibur dehydrator cost ~ $200

3. Food Saver vacuum sealer cost ~$100

4. Nutrimill Grain mill cost ~ $260

5. Pressure canner cost ~ $100 including canning jars and tools

Grand Total = less than 1 ounce of gold = priceless to me in stocking our pantry for coming hard times. Added benefit: It is so convenient having cooked meat, dehydrated veggies/fruits, and deli meat in the freezer and ready to use!

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 3:35pm
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BBQ/oven

Maybe not the most important thing in our prep arsenal, but one I've loved using while waiting for TEOTWAWKI. Once you get accustomed to using it you can cook anything on/in it, even bread and pizza. The extra stackable shelf comes in handy, too. Nice when it's 105 degrees outside and your A/C is whining non-stop. (I'd post the pic, but I don't know how. :D )

https://www.bbqguys.com/item_name_Portable-Kitchen-Cast-Aluminum-Grill-S...

ancaro imparo.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 3:59pm
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Toilet Paper

And lots of it. Need I say more?

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. -Robert Heilein-
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 4:05pm
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Original volume of Krauz

Original volume of Krauz World Coins Catalogue off a boot sale for equivelant of $1.00,tells me all I need to know about World Silver Coins and their metal content.:)

Destroying the Country to save the Banks.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 4:10pm
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Most used item

So far most of my prep items are sitting-in-wait for something to happen but I do have one thing that I bought that comes in handy; my Electomate 400 multi-function jump starter.

https://www.blackanddecker.com/power-tools/VEC026BD.aspx

I understand that these things normally do not have a long life span (maybe only a few years) but I use this often around the house and when camping. Becomes quite useful camping with its built in LED lights, it can run a small appliance or just keep my laptop battery power up. Pretty happy with it so far.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 4:22pm
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That's a tough one

I don't have a vacuum sealer or dehydrater yet, looking to purchase those soon. But I'd say so far it would be the chickens. I have all my egg needs taken care of and by this fall I will have all my meat needs taken care of also. Not to mention nothing beats free range eggs and meat with home grown vegetables.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 4:31pm (Reply to #21)
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"It's easy to store wheat

"It's easy to store wheat (NOT FLOUR) for a very long time if it's done right."

And if you don't store it right, you will see pretty colors and other amazing things!

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 - 4:42pm (Reply to #4)
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pressure canner

Adventures wrote:

I just found some plans that turn the canner into a distiller.

Been thinking about a canner recently. That clinches it. :) Can you post the link?

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